"Gerry's Diamond Setting Essays"

Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Let’s have some picture taking fun!..:>)

  • I like to make this Diamond Setting group of essays an exciting and fun
    affair! So why not review some of the previous eassays & photographs and at
    this time, “add a few more”!*

I’m using my digital-microscope that is showing these photographs from 60
=> 100+ power magnification.

Many of these ‘shots’ show that not every setting project is clean and
, the human-hand does make some little slips and minor errors. This
is not what we’re concerned about, its just that we now have the jewellery
technology in seeing them, all up close!

  • Any idea what these spikes are?* How about the steel bristles of a
    wax-file cleaning brush. You can still see some residue of little pieces of
    wax on the tips of each piece of wire.

Would you believe that this is a very common cleaning wheel, how about a
#180 grit Pumice wheel?

  • Everyone has these at their benches, this is a #4/0 saw blade!*

Are you ready for this little saw blade? If you cut waxes, you will for
sure use this. This is a saw blade just for cutting into wax patterns,

*Just how large are these CZ stones? *Would you believe these are only
1.5 mm’s in diameter!!!

*Do you cut rubber molds, then this little curved item is an “Exact-o”
blade? *Don’t go on any airplane with this very sharp tool. This will cut
your skin, I can attest to that fact!..;>(

This little item is for wax shaping, you can see some residue on the
bottom left corner of this bur.

This is a Corundum spindle that’s used for anything that you need, you
name it and it works!

  • This is an easy item to identify by looking at the brass covered hole.* This
    is my “Medium” grade, Snap-On Emery Wheel!


  • Do you use a wax file?* Then here is a 100 x power magnification showing
    more residue pieces of some other unknown materials.


I was drilling holes with my twist drill and this is what came off that
I ‘saved’ it and took a photo of the metal shaving.


This is the up close of a wax form with some stones ready for casting!

  • This is the wax-shaping file.*


“Shingles on a house”? No way, just a #00 grit file

Here is the same wax-file & the cleaning wire brush in action.


This is a #1 grit file!

File with a #2 grit.

*Is this a sharp #2 Onglette graver? *Up close it looks (yuk) rough, but it
sure cuts nicely!

  • Pink coloured Pumice Wheel of #1,000 grit!*


  • This is a very rough cutting graver that only ‘rough-cuts’ (but not
    Bright-Cutting).* I use this graver as only acting as a cutting guide
    ‘prior’ to my Bright-Cutting processes.

  • This is a wire-wheel, can you see the tips of the wires?*


Now you can see the ‘tips of the wires’ of the previous photo.


This is a well-used “Medium grade, Emery, Snap-On-Wheel” with the frayed
well used edges and loads of residue embedded into the Corundum granules.


This is a magnification of a #180 grit Pumice wheel at 125x power


*On many of these Cubic Zirconia stones show the name of the company


*This is a simple photo just showing the Bright-Cutting inside the Bezel
frame. *All of my Bezel settings have been Bright-Cut.

From a distance, this “Star-Setting” looks nice and clean…but not under
a 80 power photo…:>(

*Every Gypsy setting MUST be Bright-Cut. *I just never, never ‘burnish’
the metal to set a bezel stone.

Here is my favourite setting pattern. The “Fishtail” as it’s been used &
seen in my demo-ring

This started out as a flat (boring) triangular plate. This still shows a
few miss-guided graver cuts!

Here is the four-sided, square cut. When this is highly polished…WOW!

“Florentine” cutting showing a ‘finished’ border pattern.

Another view on a Channel-set ring, prior to setting of the stones.

Many engravers use the name of a “Liner” which it is, I prefer the name of
a “Florentine” graver.

*Same tool/graver but used in a different application..just making

decorative ‘lines’.*

As I have written many times before, I always Bright-Cut on the inside
of the bezel walls


Two photographs of a simple pin-lever watch with a view of its many

  • Any idea what is this used for? Ever bought a shaving brush?* I had one
    as a gift, but now it’s a regular cleaning tool in my setting bench! Why?
    It has very soft bristles and it comes in handy brushing away some of
    the gold & silver granules in my tray!

Just another view of the soft bristles!

*Would you believe that this is the underside of a Flat #40 graver? *It
looks like a disgusting piece of steel, but the results are of a very shiny
cutting surface.

Another side view of a Bezel setting, you can see the Bright-Cutting. Also
you can see the crimping of the metal, as its bending over the stone.
Normally this wouldn’t be seen, but with this microscope, everything is
being now observed with the greatest detail.


This is one ugly, overly used and abused "H.S.S.’ (High Speed Steel)
You can see that many of the teeth are just not being able to cut into the
metal anymore…aka scrap!

This is my (nearly) favourite metal pusher that is showing the little
that will prevent any slipping while pushing over any metal.

This is a very good picture of a great ‘cup bur’ bur. The generic name is
a “77B” it’s used to round off the tips of all claws after being set.

Here is the packet of some of the well used sizes!

  • I shave off the sides of these burs on an oil-stone as it’s rotating, but
    why?* Now you can literally hold the bur in an upright position and not be
    concerned in touching the stones’ facets.

*Have you ever thought of what this bur looks really up close?*You can now
see the curved teeth that will grind away the metal on the tip of each claw.

  • I like this picture as it’s showing the reflective surface that was
    Bright-Cut just for this photograph! *BTW, the opening is used for a 1.75
    mm stone.
    You can even see how I used two burs to ‘open’ up the deepest part of the
    hole for the “Pavilion” and leaving space for the “Culet”.

  • I think this one picture explains many of my previous essays on how to
    create Fish-Tail ‘beads’.*

*What are these burs and why were they so important many decades ago? I
used these to prepare a seat for setting “half-pearls”. These are not so
common anymore, but they still sit on my bench! *

*A nicely prepared HSS bur with its sharp cutting teeth. *

I hope that you enjoyed a little trip into the detailed world of Diamond
Setting and the many tools.

  • have fun learning and setting stones!*
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